The Sarabite: Towards an Aesthetic Christianity

There is a continuous attraction, beginning with God, going to the world, and ending at last with God, an attraction which returns to the same place where it began as though in a kind of circle. -Marsilio Ficino

Monday, April 10, 2006

Holy Week Hiatus


Behold the bridegroom is coming in the middle of the night; and blessed is the servant whom he finds watching; but unworthy is the one whom he finds idle. Take care then, my soul, not to be overcome with sleep, lest you be given up to death and shut outside the kingdom; but stay wakeful and cry, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy are you, O God. Through the Mother of God have mercy on us’.





-From Bridegroom Matins of Holy Week in the Byzantine Church


ALEPH quomodo sedit sola civitas plena populo facta est quasi vidua domina gentium princeps provinciarum facta est sub tributo
BETH plorans ploravit in nocte et lacrimae eius in maxillis eius non est qui consoletur eam ex omnibus caris eius omnes amici eius spreverunt eam et facti sunt ei inimici .....

O vos omnes qui transitis per viam:attendite et videte si est dolor sicut dolor meus.

-from the Service of Tenebrae, the Roman Church

Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem mortem autem crucis.
Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum: et dedit illi nomen quod est super omne nomen.

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